8 Sweater Weather Approved Houseplants
ZZ PLANT (Zamioculcas zamiifolia): This African houseplant is known for surviving a variety of conditions including low light and even drought, making it the perfect plant for the cool months during fall and the frigid temps in the winter. The ZZ Plant is so easy to maintain that you could forget to water it for an extended period of time yet still not risk the complete loss of the plant. For survival, the plant will self preserve by dropping her leaves to conserve moisture. So if you come home to leaflets in the bed of the pot, don’t panic just yet! Water your ZZ and watch her come back to life.
SPIDER PLANT (Chlorophytum comosum): The Spider Plant is your “easy to get along with” friend, that is, as long as you follow a few simple rules. Rule number one: For a healthy and thriving Spider Plant, never put her in direct sunlight. The heat can actually burn the fragile leaves, which is what causes brown spots to form. Rule number two: this spider prefers just the right amount of water. Too much or too little can be detrimental to the Spider Plant so stick to watering her moderately, unless she’s yet to fully develop. In that case, continue to water occasionally. To help with moderating water, it’s best to plant your Spider Plant in soil that drains well.
SNAKE PLANT (Sanseviera trifasciata): Snake Plants originated in Africa and have more recently become a household favorite in America. The reason being, they’re very easy to maintain, require little amounts of light and hardly any human attention. Not only does the Snake Plant almost always look fresh and stylish, it’s known for having a few quality benefits to your home. For one, it can help with insects and it is also known for purifying air. So bye-bye, dusty winter and hello Snake plant.
Fun Fact: the Botanical nomenclature for the Snake Plant literally translates to “Mother-in-law’s Tongue”.
GOLDEN POTHOS (Epipremnum aureum): Also known as, “Devil’s Ivy” or “Devil’s Vine” is native to southeastern Asia and is one of the easiest plants you can own. For a thriving vine with heart shaped leaves, make sure your Golden Pothos is in a bright room but out of direct light’s way. To make sure she’s getting the right amount of sunlight, look for these distinct characteristics in the leaves: if the leaves look pale or lighter in color, it could mean that your plant is getting too much light. If the plant has lost the pattern created by color variation on the leaves (variegated plants only), it could mean it isn’t getting enough light. Much like the Spider Plant, this lively vine grows best in soil that drains well.
BLUE STAR FERN (Phlebodium aureum): Contrary to the majority of the plants on this list, the Blue Star Fern is extremely fond of a moist environment however, it doesn’t need the spotlight when it comes to lighting. The Blue Star Fern is wildly great for the fall and winter as long as she is kept inside. Because this plant is common to humid and tropical environments, you might also want to consider placing her in a north facing bathroom or the kitchen.
ALOE VERA (Aloe vera): Succulents typically thrive in hot and dry environments but this sunburn-relieving gem is actually fond of low light and thrives within room temperatures. To avoid frumpiness, make sure to keep your Aloe vera plant away from the outdoor air by keeping it in a room that doesn’t have a door leading to the outside.
PUSSY EARS (Kalanchoe tomentosa): There’s nothing quite like fuzzy when the air is crisp and cool. From fuzzy blankets to fuzzy socks, getting cozy is what this season is all about so why not opt for a fuzzy succulent? Pussy Ears also known as Chocolate Soldier or Panda Plant, are fairly easy to maintain and can certainly thrive within your home during the fall and winter months. For light, these fuzzy buddies prefer a mix of direct and indirect sunlight so have fun with your Pussy Ears. Place them on a shelf, on your desk or on a windowsill; just make sure you mix it up often. It’s also important that you only water this plant when the soil is completely dry and try your best not to get water on the fuzzy leaves because Pussy Ears just aren’t fans of water.
CORN PLANT (Dracaena fragrans): Another trendy fav in today’s homes is the Corn Plant. It’s strong, wooded trunks resembling those of palm trees and tropical-esc palms are easy to grow, maintain and perfect for beginners. Despite it’s popularity in the summer months, the Corn Plant actually makes for a great fall/winter houseplant. She’s not finicky about her light, but she grows best in brighter spots of the home however, don’t expect to see her bloom indoors, that will require a lot more sun.
Green Tip: the Corn Plant is poisonous to both humans and dogs so if you own a pet or have a curious child, the Corn Plant is not best for your home.